Northeast Homicides 2020

Compiled by Abby Hoover and Daisy Garcia Montoya

As 2020 draws to a close, residents of Northeast reflect on all the ways the historic year has affected their community. One major factor was crime. The Historic Northeast was the scene of 33 homicides in the past 12 months, reflective of the high homicide rate throughout the city.

Kansas City has had 182 homicides this year, surpassing the previous record of 153 set in 1993. This list is a compilation of homicides that have taken place in Northeast Kansas City in 2020. The number listed next to each victim is the city-wide homicide number they represent.

181. Abdulbasid Y. Yassin, Dec. 28

At approximately 8 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 8th and Prospect Avenue on a shooting call. Officers found the 19-year-old Kansas Citian unresponsive, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and succumbed to his injuries on January 1, 2021.

175. Deron E. Bandy, Dec. 4

At 6:15 a.m., KCFD responded to the area of East 10th and Winner Road on a vehicle fire. At 2:15 that afternoon, KCPD responded to a report of a dead body inside the burned vehicle. The deceased was later identified as 25-year-old Devonta Dunson, a Black male. The case was ruled a homicide and the investigation continues.

167. Michelle Capell, Nov. 16

Around 11:15 p.m., officers responded to Independence and Indiana on a shooting call. Upon arrival, they found two victims on the south sidewalk, one male and one female. The female was declared deceased at the scene, and the male was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Preliminary information is the two victims were shot by an unknown suspect, later identified as James Gregory, who was charged with the homicide.

162. Daniel R. Atkison, Nov. 5

A man was fatally stabbed around 1 p.m. in the 3700 block of Gardner Avenue. Atkinson, 35, later died at an area hospital. Police arrested one suspect later that day.

161. Joseph Mangol, Nov. 1

Just before 9 a.m. officers responded to the area of Independence Avenue and Monroe Avenue on a shooting call where they located a man, who was later identified as 22-year-old Mangol, just off the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound. EMS responded to the scene and rendered aid, but the man was declared deceased at the scene.

160. Ennice Ross Jr., Oct. 23

Kansas City Police officers shot Ross, 26, at Admiral Boulevard and The Paseo around 12:30 p.m. A Missouri State Highway Patrol preliminary investigation indicated that officers conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle occupied by Ross, who was believed to be a homicide suspect. Officers gave verbal commands to all occupants, which three of the occupants cooperated with, exiting the vehicle. MSHP said Ross refused to comply, remaining in the vehicle, pointed a handgun at officers and fired towards the officers. According to MSHP, officers returned fire striking Ross, who later died at the hospital. 

156. Raidel Chavez, Oct. 15

Officers responded to a shooting around 10:45 p.m. at a residence in the 5200 block of Norledge Ave. where they found an adult male and an adult female gunshot victim. The male victim, later identified as Chavez, 44, died at a hospital. The female victim’s injuries were not life threatening. 

152. Maije Benson, Oct. 3

Officers were called to a residence at 12th and Olive Streets around 11 a.m. Benson, 22, was found bleeding profusely in the home and was pronounced dead at the scene.

146. Anthony Strassle, Sept. 16

A driver pulled into the parking lot of the QuikTrip in the 6800 block of East Truman Road and flagged down an off-duty officer working there. The driver said his passenger,16-year-old Strassle, had been shot. Strassle was taken to a hospital where he died. 

133, 134. Jahmiere Green and Brandon Rainey, Aug. 25

Green, 18, and Rainey, 22 were found in a vehicle near Guinotte and North Montgall avenues around 8 p.m. when officers responded to reports of gunshots. Both Green and Rainey were declared deceased at the scene.

129. Montez Blake, Aug. 13

Officers responded to reports of a shooting around 1:15 a.m. at Independence Boulevard and The Paseo. Witnesses directed them to a nearby field where they found an unresponsive adult Black male victim with gunshot wounds. EMS declared Blake dead at the scene.

121. Michael W. Brown, Aug. 4

Officers responded to a shooting shortly before 9:30 p.m. in the 5600 block of East 12th Street, near the corner of 12th and Lawndale Avenue. Brown, 33, died a few days later at the hospital from his injuries.

107. Sylvester Simms, July 18

Officers responded to a shooting call around 5:45 p.m. at an apartment building in the 3500 block of Independence Avenue. Police found an unresponsive man on the porch. Simms, 29, was declared dead at the scene.

105. Desimund E. Star, July 13

A caller heard gunshots and saw a victim in the street near 8th and Prospect Avenue. Police found 50-year-old Star unresponsive. He was transported to a hospital where he died a short time later.

86. Hoang Dinh, June 15 

Police responding to a call about a person with an unknown medical emergency shortly before 2 a.m. found a man dead in the street in the 3600 block of Thompson Avenue with a head injury. Witnesses told police that the victim had agreed to help lift a couch into the witness’s truck when the suspect began to hit the victim in the head with an object he picked up from the ground., 

79. Emmit Martin, June 2

Officers responded to a shots fired call about 10:45 p.m. in the 3400 block of Independence Avenue where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound on the sidewalk. Martin, 33, was taken to the hospital where he later died.

78. Ivory Harris, June 1

Police responded to a shooting just before 2 p.m. at East 12th Street and Brooklyn Avenue. When officers arrived, they found an adult male victim. Harris, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe the shooting stemmed from an argument.

71. Matis Vallardo, May 24

Police discovered a crime scene about 1 a.m. outside a convenience store at Hardesty and Independence avenues after gunfire was exchanged between occupants in two vehicles. Vallardo, 32, was taken to a hospital where he later died.

66. Howard E. West, May 16

West’s body was found on a sidewalk after 7 a.m. near Independence and Forest avenues. Police responded there on a medical call. Police later said 46-year-old West had been stabbed.

65. Marvin A. Lorthridge, May 13

Police responding to reports of shots being fired late Wednesday found a man lying near the intersection of Sixth Street and Monroe Avenue. Lothridge, 38, who had been shot multiple times, died shortly after arriving at a hospital.

63, 64. Scott Collier and Jeremy Sartain, May 12

Gunshots were reported to police about 10:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Elmwood Avenue. Officers arrived and found Collier, 32, and Sartain, 32, with bullet wounds inside a home.

59, 60. Cleveland Fuller III, and Michael L. Groves, May 6

Fuller, 36, and Groves, 52, were killed in shootings that occurred minutes apart. The first shooting was reported around 2:45 a.m. at the Quick Shop at 5401 Winner Road. The second shooting was reported about 10 minutes later at the Greenleaf Apartments in the 5300 block of Williamsburg Court. One person was arrested and charged in connection to both shootings.

50. Anna Velazquez, 35, on April 26

Police responded to a shooting call just after 10 p.m. at a house in the 3700 block of East Seventh Street. Upon arrival officers found 35-year-old Velazquez who had been shot multiple times. Her husband was arrested and charged in connection to her death.

33. Michael E. Burton, March 9

Officers responded about 8:45 p.m. to the 400 block of Spruce Avenue where they found a man in front of a home who had been shot. Burton, 53, died at a hospital.

31. Deandre Magice, March 4

Officers responded about 2 a.m. to a shooting at East 10th Street and Brooklyn Avenue, where they found a man who had been shot on the ground. Magice, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene.,,

30. Joseph P. Delgado, March 3

Two officers were in the parking lot at 6200 Independence Avenue when they heard three to four gunshots from the Hardee’s across the street. Delgado, 30, was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. On March 7, police were notified that Delgado had died.,

29. Frederick Outley, March 1

Officers responded to a shooting before 4:30 p.m. outside the Xpress Mart near East Ninth Street and Prospect Avenue, where they found an unresponsive man. Outley, 28, was taken to a hospital where he died, according to police.

20. Joshua Downing, Feb. 7

Police said several Kansas City police officers fatally shot Joshua Downing, 37, as he was carrying a rifle near East Eighth Street and Gladstone Avenue after he allegedly pointed the rifle at police. Before the shooting, police tried to disarm him with a less lethal method.

18. Derrick Wallace, Feb. 2

Officers responded at 7:30 a.m. near East Ninth Street and Hardesty Avenue, where a body was found burned in an apparent homeless camp. The victim was later identified as 31-year-old Wallace.,

15. Miguel Padilla, Jan. 28

Police responded to numerous calls reporting the sound of gunfire about 12:20 a.m. in the 400 block of Denver Avenue, police said. While en route, officers were notified that a male shooting victim was behind a house in the neighborhood. Padilla, 16, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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